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At Her Majesty's Request: An African Princess In Victorian England

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Biography of the African princess saved from execution and taken to England where Queen Victoria oversaw her upbringing and where she lived for a time before marrying an African missionary.
Children love this awesome book. Written by Walter Dean Myers and it was published sometime in 1999 by Scholastic Press. This is the 1st ed. of At Her Majesty's Request: An African, an African princess in Victorian England has 160 pages and it has colorfully illustrated pictures.

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Special Price: $9.98
Brand:Scholastic Press
Author:Walter Dean Myers

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As soon as there was a small girl--an orphaned African princess--who narrowly escaped death by human sacrifice in a West African village in 1850."As impossible as this tale sounds, it's a true one. Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers--piecing together her story from letters he found inside a rare book and ephemera shop in London--paints a hauntingly detached portrait creating use of the small African princess whom the heroic captain named Sarah Forbes Bonetta. A British sea captain named Frederick E. Forbes saved her life by talking King Gezo of Dahomey into giving the girl to Queen Victoria of England as a gift:"She is going to be a present from the King of the blacks to the Queen of the Whites.

We follow her charmed but unlucky life as the Queen's proté gé e by indicates of a succession of British middle-class households, beginning with the Forbes house. As the epilogue states,"She was both unfortunate in her losses, and fortunate that those losses were not greater. She seemed to find a measure of comfort wherever she was, but was destined to turn into apart from the world in which she lived. (Ages 11 and older) Because of her celebrated association and frequent visits with the Queen, Sarah grows up in an unusual position of privilege, education, and celebrity. We have Myers to thank for rescuing this fine woman again--this time from the forgotten shelf of a London bookstore."This story, wealthy with historic prints, photographs, newspaper clippings, excerpts from Queen Victoria's diary, and Sarah's letters, is both fascinating and tragic. On the flip side, she is keenly aware that her decisions are not her own, and as a rescued orphan under the Queen's protection, her life's path is dictated by those acting in what they perceive to be her best interests. It is hard not to feel that it was cruel of her protectors to wrench her (more than once in her life) from the adopted family she adores, and sooner or later to encourage her to marry a West African businessman whom she clearly stated she could never love, and who would take her away from her adopted country.

Features List

  • Pages: 160
  • Languages:
  • English (Unknown)
  • English (Original Language)
  • English (Published)
  • Dimensions: Height: 8.98" Length: 6.81" Depth: 0.59"
  • Weight: 0.9 lbs.
  • Package Dim.: Height: 0.8" Length: 8.9" Width: 6.8"
  • Package: 1 lbs.

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